Sacramento Car Accident Lawyer
If you have been injured in a car accident you may be entitled to compensation. A Sacramento car accident attorney can help you recover money for pain and suffering, medical expenses, lost wages, damage to your vehicle, and more.
Have you been injured in a car accident?
Call Sacramento Law Group at (916) 596-1018.
Don’t rely on the insurance company to fairly compensate you for your injuries. Unfortunately, insurance companies do everything possible to pay you the bare minimum. Don’t sign any papers or agree to anything until you call a Sacramento car accident lawyer.
What To Do After A Sacramento Car Accident
- Call The Police. Always contact the police after a car accident. The police report will help you obtain fair compensation for your injuries.
- Get Medical Treatment. If you have been injured in a car accident it is important that you receive medical treatment. Some injuries are not readily apparent after a car accident but may be detected in the hospital. Furthermore, the medical reports will help document your injuries and establish a causal relationship between the car accident and your injuries.
- Take Photos. Use your cell phone or another device to take photos of the scene of the accident. After you have taken photos and the police have conducted their investigation you can collect damaged property.
- Get Contact Information. Identify the driver and get their name, current address, and registration number of the vehicle they were driving, the name and addresses of the driver’s occupants, and the name and current address of the vehicle’s owner. California Vehicle Code §20003 requires that the driver supply this information to you and to any police officer present at the scene. Also, request to see the driver’s license and the licenses of any occupants of their car and take down the information contained on these licenses. Under C.V.C. §20003 the driver of the car and his or her occupants must furnish their driver’s license once you request that they do so. If anyone refuses to supply their license or personal identification request the officer on the scene to collect this information. If the driver fails to deliver this identifying information they may be guilty of a misdemeanor. Lastly, get the names, phone numbers, and addresses of any witnesses to the accident, and thank them for supplying this information.
- Write Down What Happened. Your memory may fade with time so you should write down your version of what happened while it is still fresh in your memory.
- Get Copies Of The Medical and Police Reports. These documents will be essential to your claim for fair compensation.
- Contact A Car Accident Lawyer. A car accident lawyer will aggressively represent you and help you receive fair compensation for your injuries. If you are unrepresented insurance companies may try to settle your case for less than what you deserve. Once you hire a Sacramento car accident attorney you will have a skilled advocate to protect your legal interests and negotiate on your behalf with the insurance company.
California Car Accident Law
California driver’s are responsible for exercising reasonable care in the operation of their motor vehicle. They must exercise the same care that would be required of a reasonably prudent person in the same or similar circumstance. If the California driver does not exercise ordinary care in the operation of their car, truck, or motorcycle thereby causing injury to another, they may be liable for negligence.
California driver’s can be negligent in a number of ways. Negligence can be found when the driver failed to lookout for other vehicles or persons, drove too fast in poor visibility conditions, failed to maintain their vehicle in good working order, drove while intoxicated or high, drove while seriously ill or tired, or violated one of the many rules of the road like stopping at an intersection or red light.
Lookout & Exercise Vigilance. Drivers must exercise vigilance when driving. Part of exercising vigilance is looking out for people, objects, and other cars. If a driver fails to see something that they should have and causes injury as a result, they may be held liable. For instance, if a reasonably careful driver should have seen your car and avoided the collision, a driver that did not see your car in the same instance may be negligent and therefore liable for your injuries.
Vehicle Maintenance. Sacramento car drivers must maintain their car in a safe operating condition. This duty is nondelegable meaning that the driver is always responsible for maintaining their vehicle. Even if a mechanic makes an error that renders the vehicle unsafe, the driver is ultimately responsible.
Rules of the Road. Drivers must obey the rules of the road. When drivers violate the rules of the road and thereby cause an accident they may be negligent and liable for the resulting injuries. For instance, if a motorist is driving on the wrong side of the road and hits your car they may be held liable for your injuries. Similarly, if the driver did not stop at a stop sign and hits your car they may liable. If another driver failed to obey the rules of the road causing a collision with your car, contact a Sacramento car accident lawyer.
Speeding. Many collisions are the result of speeding. If someone drives faster than is reasonable under the circumstances they may be negligent.
Rear-End Collision. Many rear-end car accidents are the result of tailgating. If a driver is tailgating and hits the car in front of them they may be negligent as a matter of law. If the car in front stopped at a stop sign or was moving when hit, the driver of the following car is more likely than not negligent and liable for damages.
Drunk Driver. Drunk drivers are an increasing cause of car accidents in Sacramento. Drivers may be intoxicated due to either drugs or alcohol. If you were hit by a drunk driver contact a Sacramento car accident lawyer.